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Nehemiah’s Anger with the Jews in the Old Testament
The passage starts with, “And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brethren the Jews.” This is because they were extorting money from their own in such a way as to cause them harm. They were turning the people’s children into servants because of financial greed. Nehemiah was generous, gracious and helpful whereas the other Jewish brothers were taking advantage of the situation giving loans with high interest rates and making it hard to pay these loans back, then they’d take their children into servitude to pay them back, I believe this is why Nehemiah was angry. Nehemiah’s generosity is shown when he loaned money to needy Jews without interest and took no salary. He even paid for the food consumed by 150 of his helpers [ CITATION DrW114 \l 1033 ]1
When it comes to relating to others with our money, Nehemiah is a great example of how to do this: New Testament Apostles followed this example, “And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.”2 There comes a time when the rich have so much money they are able to part with some of it to help the needy, unfortunately they don’t frequent these ideals and at the expense of less fortunate are greedily pursuing more money by every means necessary.
Prosperity is viewed differently by different people, as is success. The likes of Nehemiah saw prosperity as the ability to see everybody being able to eat and no one going hungry. He did not want his own brethren to go hungry, be put into slavery or take out loans that would cost them their livelihood, far as he was concerned he was prosperous when his people prospered. To Nehemiah this was about following God’s plan to restore His people to their land, which his sole purpose. According to Erickson, “In the case of Nehemiah, the teaching…